Close Race Between Clinton and Sanders in California: Poll

Clinton is leading with 49 percent of support in California, a two-point lead over Sanders

Hillary Clinton has a narrow two-point lead over rival Bernie Sanders in California ahead of the state’s June 7 primary, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll. 

Clinton gets the support of 49 percent of like Democratic primary voters, while Sanders gets 47 percent. 

Among a wider electorate of all potential Democratic voters in California, Sanders is ahead by one point, 48 percent to 47 percent. 

Clinton and Sanders running even in California wouldn't affect the overall delegate math in the Democratic race, where Clinton leads Sanders by some 270 pledged delegates and 770 overall delegates.

But a Sanders victory in California could give him justification to stay in the race, even though he trails in the delegate math.

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